Friday, April 20, 2012

Rake with a Frozen Heart by Marguerite Kaye

Rake with a Frozen Heart
Waking up in a stranger's bed, Henrietta Markham encounters the most darkly sensual man she has ever met. The last thing she remembers is being attacked by a housebreaker—yet being rescued by the notorious Earl of Pentland feels much more dangerous!

Since the cataclysmic failure of his marriage, ice has flowed in Rafe St. Alban's veins. But meeting impetuous, all-too-distracting governess Henrietta heats his blood to the boiling point.

When she's accused of theft, Rafe finds himself offering to clear her name. Can Henrietta's innocence bring this hardened rake to his knees?

Rake with a Frozen Heart is an adorable love story with shocking twists and turns. There's never a dull moment as Henrietta and Rafe fall in love while proving Henrietta's innocence. 

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Henrietta has been working as a governess and finds herself in a stranger's bed one morning. The stranger happens to be an Earl, but we'll know him as Rafe (love that name!). Henrietta finds out that she had been left in a ditch by a thief who robbed her employer's house. When Henrietta is accused of stealing the jewels, Rafe promises to help clear her name...and so the adventure begins.

Henrietta is a refreshing character. She's blunt and speaks whatever is on her mind...sometimes to a great disadvantage as she tends to think out loud. Despite her situation, she remains brave and determined and not too happy with accepting help. She loves Rafe, but she refuses to settle in their relationship. And in the end, her stubborn determination gets her a happily ever after.

Rafe is a delightful love many ways ;) Not only is he sinfully handsome, adorably sweet and intriguingly tortured but he's also a truly interesting character to read about. His past has ruled his life ever since his first marriage fell apart in the most painful way possible. His agony over those happenings and his guilt about what he could have done differently come through clearly, making you feel for him. Though his actions weren't always the most honorable, when you find out why, you can't even blame him. 

Their relationship is very sweet. It's a bit of a whirlwind romance, as the book occurs in about a week or so of time. But with everything happening around them, it made sense for them to fall in love so quickly. 

There are so many plot twists and unexpected revelations, it's incredible that the author managed to keep the story as smooth as she did. When you think you've figured out what's going on, the plot takes an unexpected turn. In other words, I found it awesome :)The ending was sweet, the perfect ending to this whirlwind book. I loved everything about it.


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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